Missouri Business eNews: July 2012
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Success Stories 
Dog in Crazy Dog bag; click for full story
Crazy Dog, Warrensburg

The Kansas City Dog. The Hot Diggity Dog. The Mediterranean Turkey Dog. Chili, wings with 10 different dips, salads, coconut shrimp, fried pickles. Fried what?
Read about Crazy Dog.

KoThe Harkins family; clicl to read full storyehler Home Sales, Chillicothe

Shane and Becky Harkins bought into Koehler Home Sales in the boom year of 2006. Then came the downturn. Worse, a local large bank threatened to pull their loan.
Read about Koehler's success.

Transforming Missouri businesses  

Six good reasons to use email marketing

Email marketing is alive and well and cost-effective, and MO SBTDC clients can get a 25 percent discount.
Learn more about email marketing for your business.


Fastest growing small business sectors

The economy as a whole may be growing slowly, but some small business sectors may do pretty well over the next few years.


13 steps to better customer service

You've probably heard that up to 95 percent of small businesses fail within the first five years. Don't be one of them due to poor customer service!

Vacation! Maybe not.

Owning a small business is stressful. So why do fewer than 50 percent of owners take vacations? One theory: They don't know how to set up business to run smoothly in their absence.
Read more at Small Business Trends

USDA seeks grant applications for rural nonprofit businesses

USDA is offering $2.37 million in grants through the Rural Business Opportunity Grant. All public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education and rural cooperatives can apply.
Does your bank make the grade?

Banking Grades grades local banks on their lending to small businesses.
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Business going green

Maranatha energy saving renovations: Helping small businesses and homeowners keep cool without breaking the bank

Record highs have been driving ventilation and cooling costs up this summer. Here's how one Columbia, Mo., company helps small businesses and homeowners realize significant energy savings.
Learn more about energy saving improvements.

Five things to look for in a new HVAC system

Have an older heating, ventilation or air conditioning system?
Here are five things to look for in considering a more efficient replacement.

Learning around the state
The Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers and Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers offer a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of some upcoming events.

SBIR/STTR Boot CampSBIR Boot Camp Sept. 6-7

Don't miss out on your share of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards!
Get the details and learn how to register.

2012 Missouri Business Conference

MO SBTDC and the University of Central Missouri in partnership with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler present the 2012 Missouri Business Conference. The conference will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.

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